NBA playoff season isn’t the only reason why I love May. Every year, Activision reveals what the next Call of Duty is around the start of the month, and this year continues the tradition. The next installment in the world-famous franchise is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and it is being made by Sledgehammer Games. The trailer was supposed to go live this Sunday, but due to a leak reported by Destructoid, Activison and Sledgehammer went ahead and posted the official trailer on YouTube.
What is unique about Advance Warfare is that for the first time in the series, you’re not fighting for a country, but instead a corporation. Just like many in real life, the main character and his squad are contracted soldiers who seek employment where they can serve time and get paid more efficiently. Based on the trailer, the corporation you serve under is called Atlas, and its CEO is played by none other than Kevin Spacey. During his monologue, he mentions how America is wasting time spreading Democracy because he believes that, in the end, all people want is protection. Similarly to Treyarch, it seems like Sledgehammer is trying their best to incorporate an interesting narrative into their game.
As far as mechanics go, a lot of what goes on during combat is linked to exoskeleton suits that the soldiers are wearing. Assuming that the gameplay will mimic the trailer, players will be able to climb walls, super jump, dive kick while in mid-air, and attach weapons to their armor. One example of the latter can be seen when a soldier has a chaingun mounted on his wrist and mows down his enemies. It’s also worth noting that this is the first Call of Duty that has been made on a three year development cycle, and from an initial reaction, I can say that this is the best looking entry to date in terms of graphics. As usual, no multiplayer details are known, but MP talk doesn’t usually surface until early August. More on Advance Warfare will be shown at E3 and until then, keep it here at Structure Gaming for all things games.